Television today is just too awesome, so much so, that we are confused as to which TV series we should watch. 'Cause there's a whole lot of them out there and some are really good, not to mention the new ones that keep rolling in. Most new TV shows have relatively new actors but the ones running for more than 3 seasons have some awesome veterans carrying the torch. But what were these veteran actors doing when we were too young to watch TV?
Let's find out.....
Yup,that's Al Bundy on the left and Jay Pritchett on the right. Ed O' Neill played Al Bundy, an irritable, frustrated shoe salesman on the show Married...With Children that ran successfully for 10 years from 1987-1997 and took viewers into the lives of this salesman's family of four-a lazy housewife (Katey Sagal), and two good for nothing kids- Kelly (Christina Applegate) and Bud (David Faustino). The show launched Ed as a successful TV star, making him a household name in the US.
Well, he did go to great lengths to increase his income.
But that was the 1980's... So guess where we have seen this awesome actor on TV now? Well, he is the loving yet grumpy grandpa/successful closet salesman who goes by the name of Jay Pritchett on ABC's phenomenally successful Modern Family- a show about three separate but related families who face their daily ordeals in their own uniquely comical ways and has us laughing every time we see them. The show is in its sixth season now and ratings are back to strong again after a slightly boring fifth season.
Jay Pritchett can be grumpy, but how adorable is he with Stella? His love for his canine companion sometimes has his family worried!
Here's a photo of Ed with his on screen wives from both the shows- Kate Sagal (left) and Sofia Vergara (right).
Yeah, he's had his share of drug/domestic abuse/crazy troubles, but Carlos Irwin Estevez (better known to us all as Charles Sheen) is the embodiment of awesomeness. Every man wants to be him and all women who have been with him have reasons to hate him. But none of those matter to this "rockstar from Mars" who has always lived life on his own terms.
Charlie Sheen had a successful movie career, having roles in cult hit movies like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Platoon but he started his TV career as Charlie Crawford on the legal sitcom Spin City in its fifth season after series lead Michael J. Fox left due to his physical complications regarding Parkinson's disease.
The show, however got cancelled after its sixth season as Charlie couldn't hold on to the strong ratings Fox used to bring. So, how did Charlie Sheen become such a household name in every American home? Well,that he owes to his role as the hedonistic jingle writer Charlie Harper, who was interesting due to his life as the free going and morally loose drunken manwhore on Chuck Lorre's epic sitcom Two and a Half Men that concluded this year after its twelfth season.
The show centered on Charlie's free yet questionable lifestyle which became difficult for him to lead after his broke brother Alan (Jon Cryer) and his 10 year old son Jake (Angus T.Jones) moved into his beach front Malibu house, staying there till the very end.The show was epic and pulled in very strong ratings ,even making Sheen the highest paid actor on TV with his 1.8 million USD pay per episode during its eighth season.
Charlie Harper had us all tune in to CBS every Thursday to watch his free -wheeling life and feel the joy of something that very few of us can only dream of having.
But, unfortunately, Charlie Sheen's real life was far messier and dangerous than his onscreen counterpart and this led to drug overuse problems and rehabs, reaching a peak in 2008 when only 16 episodes of the show had finished filming and Sheen was fired for of verbally abusing and disgracing the show's creator Chuck Lorre publicly on radio, going on a drug induced rant. Two and a Half Men killed off Sheen's character in its ninth season's first episode, replacing him with Ashton Kutcher. Sheen on the other hand got out of rehab and started his role as Charlie Goodson, a washed up Major League Baseball player-turned-anger management therapist on FX's new sitcom Anger Management that centered around Charlie, his ex wife, his therapy group and his non-committal sexual relationship with fellow therapist Kate Wales (Selma Blair).
Charlie did what he's best at ,and his fans rejoiced watching this new Charlie flick, though critics dismissed it as a mediocre show so negative at its core that it was sending the wrong message. Nevertheless, Sheen still rocked it.
Girls are often dumb struck by this gorgeous actor's dreamy face and enigmatic smile, but he ain't just a pretty face. Kutcher rose to fame with his role as Kelso, the dumb boy with a pretty face on the classic sitcom That 70's Show that aired for eight full seasons from 1998-2006 centering on a group of teenagers each facing their own predilections as a growing kid in the 70's. He met his now wife Mila Kunis on the show who played Jackie, an intense and rich spoilt teenage girl and Kelso's girlfriend, much to his friends' disappointment.
But the biggest break for him came from his role as heart broken billionaire Walden Schimdt on Two and a Half Men from its ninth season, following Sheen's exit. Unfortunately, ratings decreased and finally Two and a Half Men ended on 19th February 2015 after a 12-year long run that had its viewers hooked on to it.
The supermodel, the dreamy guy that makes fan girls everywhere swoon, Ian Somerhalder is one of the sexiest human beings to have ever walked this planet. But what was the TV series that gave this supermodel his introduction to TV?
Yup, LOST. The mythical,time-travel,voodoo and horror based show that ran for six long seasons from 2004-2010, but Ian only starred in the first season as Carlyle Boone, one of the passengers of the ill fated flight that crashed on a secluded island, its survivors never to return home again.
Ian's character was killed off in the season finale. So,how did this too-hot-to-be-a-mortal actor find his big break? Well,we all know about the dark, cunning and hot as hell vampire Damon Salvatore who would stop at nothing to achieve his twisted yearnings on CW's insanely popular teen drama vampire show The Vampire Diaries based on L.J.Smith's novels of the same name.
Here are some yummy Damon gifs for all the Ian fans out there (I am mad about him too,btw).... Just too hot!!!
Finally, a foreign element! Yup, this British actor has won the hearts of all his audience, Brits and Americans alike. He was already famous in British TV and cinema, but got his big TV role as Dr.John Watson in the BBC drama/thriller/detective show Sherlock,starring alongside the lovely Benedict Cumberbatch.
His adorable yet serious portrayal of the mild and loyal Dr.Watson had us all hooked to the show.
But it was his role in the FX miniseries Fargo that had us all dumbstruck by his sheer awesomeness in acting. Freeman played Lester Nygaard, an insurance agent who gets caught up in a life of crime after meeting a hitman played by Billy Bob Thornton.
Now that is a man you can depend on. Well, can you? Yes, of course. He is the "good bad" lawyer who you will always want fighting your cases. That was the role he played on the legal thriller Boston Legal that ran from 2004-2008, a spin off of the popular legal thriller The Practice.
Alan Shore, played by Spader, was one of the best lawyers ever seen in TV history.
But, fast forward to 2013 and you have got one of the best crime thriller/drama ever produced in TV history. Yes folks, NBC's The Blacklist. Rookie FBI detective Keane (Megan Boone) and FBI most wanted criminal Raymond Reddington (Spader) team up in an unconventional way to tick criminals off one at a time off his blacklist, using the FBI in the process sometimes to further his personal gains. Spader's portrayal of the sociopath and ruthless yet warm father figure Reddington who virtually has the entire crime world tensed is a treat to the senses.
He is all set to portray Ultron,Marvel super villain on the big screen Avengers: Age of Ultron hits screens May 1,2015.
And finally, the last but certainly not the least. Technically, she's actually the biggest in here thanks to her USD 1 million paycheck. Well, unlike the supercool girl we know today Cuoco started her TV career as Bridget Hennessy on the sitcom 8 Simple Rules of Dating My Teenage Daughter that ran from 2002-2005.
Well, she was adorable and as usual and played the dumb pretty girl. But what her character says here certainly ain't true.
And now, she is the biggest TV star and also the highest paid thanks to her USD 1 million pay check for playing the role of the waitress/medical representative Penny on the epic and insanely popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which got renewed for 3 straight seasons from 8-10 (currently in 8th) due to its sheer awesomeness and popularity.
The show strikes a chord with all its viewers and unlike other comedies has sustained the laughter till now. It is also the no.1 sitcom on TV and pulls in the strongest ratings among all other TV shows, second only to AMC' s The Walking Dead. Cuoco's character is just as awesome as the actress who plays it and we fans will love and support the show as long as it goes on.
Once again,what her character says here,is simply not true for the actress:
Here are some other adorable Penny moments from the show: